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  • Writer's pictureRobin Yong

Gold Leaf 金葉子

I have been thinking long about this costume..

The costumer was inspired by Klimt…whose paintings during his ‘Golden Phase’ included the use of gold leaf…

So I thought, we need something in a lot of gold…an element of Art Noveau, but not too many colors in the photo…

Gustav Klimt (14 July 1862 – 6 February 1918) was an Austrian symbolist painter and one of the most prominent members of the Vienna Secession movement. Klimt is noted for his paintings, murals, sketches, and other objets d'art. Klimt's primary subject was the female body, and his works are marked by a frank eroticism.

From 1900 Gustav Klimt became famous above all as a "painter of women". He created about one large-format portrait of a woman per year, in which he applied the principles of Art Nouveau - flatness, decoration, gold leaf application. At the same time, he devoted himself to allegories and Old Testament heroines, which he transformed, however, into dangerous "femmes fatales". Eros, sexuality and femininity were variously interpreted by him as alluring danger. Life, love, and death can be determined as the important themes of Klimt's work. Klimt's 'Golden Phase' was marked by positive critical reaction and financial success. Many of his paintings from this period included gold leaf. Klimt traveled in all Europe, mainly to present his works on occasion of international exhibitions, but trips to Venice and Ravenna, both famous for their beautiful mosaics, most likely inspired his gold technique and his Byzantine imagery.

At the Venice Carnevale, Gold is deemed one of the 3 most difficult to photograph colors (the other two being silver and black). Gold reflects the much of the light back to the camera. It is very difficult to photoshop those photos with patches of white light reflections and for full single colored costumes like these, it is also very challenging to bring out all the small details on the dress.

This is my interpretation of the gold Klimt inspired costume by Joce Artiste Peintre. To put the Venetian portrait against a photoshopped background, something like those fine art portraits done in those fashion and art magazines, yes, the combination of kitsch, pop and surrealism....

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